Our Associates

Meet Some of Our Professionals

picture of SaraSara Silverstone
Dr. Sara Silverstone holds a BS in Philosophy from SUNY Cortland and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California at Davis.

After 17 years of science teaching and research, Dr. Silverstone was appointed Director of the Rochester Area Colleges’ Center for Excellence in Math and Science in 2007 and in 2011 she founded the Finger Lakes Regional Hub of the Empire State STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Learning Network. She has extensive experience with STEM education grants, having served as Principal Investigator and as External Evaluator on several National Science Foundation grants, as well as serving on several NSF peer review panels.

Dr. Silverstone has been engaged in independent research and grant writing since 1992 and grant evaluations since 2002. In 2013, Dr. Silverstone founded Brockport Research Institute to provide expertise in grant writing, evaluations, training, and project management to industry, government and private organizations.


Tracy Herman

Tracy Herman, M.A. is our new Evaluation Director. For 17 years, she has been providing formative and summative evaluations, from the local through the national level. She has provided program evaluation, strategic planning, policy analysis, and market research services for k-12 and higher education, foundation, mental health provider, and workforce development clients. She has proven experience in leading over 40 projects to date, mentoring colleagues, contributing to business development, and serving as a company leader.


picture of MarcieMarcie Desrochers
Marcie earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Manitoba with specialization in developmental disabilities, applied behavior analysis, and computer applications in psychology.

Marcie is a board certified behavior analysis at the doctoral level (BCBA-D). Marcie is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at The College at Brockport – SUNY. She teaches courses in applied behavior analysis, psychology of sustainability, research methods, and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Desrochers brings her expertise in experimental design and statistics to BRI to meet the varied needs of our clients.


picture of LynnLynn Moulton
Lynn holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and has earned her New York State Professional Engineering License.

As a Senior Engineer for General Physics Corporation, Lynn developed and implemented quality testing procedures, created and conducted training courses, and acted as project manager for numerous EtaPRO projects.

Ms. Moulton offers her experience in training, evaluating, and project management to our clients.


PamHPamela Haibach
Dr. Pamela Haibach is a grant writer and an evaluation associate at Brockport Research Institute. She is also an Associate Professor at the State University of New York, College at Brockport. She publishes and serves as a reviewer for various adjudicated journals in the fields of motor behavior, aging, and visual impairment. Dr. Haibach has also published an undergraduate textbook entitled Motor Learning and Motor Development through Human Kinetics Publishers.

Dr. Haibach established and co-directs The Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairment (IMSVI), with the mission of publishing scholarly work, developing educational curricula and programming related to motor development, particularly for people with visual impairments. She has served as chair of NASPE Motor Development & Learning Academy and currently serves as a Board member of the American Kinesiology Association.

Thomas_NicollThomas Nicoll
Colonel Thomas Nicoll is Senior Business Advisor at Brockport Research Institute. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Notre Dame and a Master’s of Social Science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Colonel Nicoll has over 28 years’ experience teaching leadership and organizational management in the US Marine Corps. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2002 and currently advises government, small business, education and nonprofit organizations in strategic planning and leadership development. His expertise in project management, organizational management, and time management has allowed Brockport Research Institute to bring the most remarkable results to clients while meeting demanding deadlines.

Michelle Kavanaugh
Dr. Michelle Kavanaugh is recently retired with 39 years in education, including 11 years as a Superintendent of Schools for the City of Plattsburgh and Honeoye Falls-Lima School Districts. Michelle is a Western New York product of Buffalo Public Schools and valedictorian of her high school graduating class, a summa cum laude graduate of SUNY Buffalo State and a doctorate graduate from the Organization, Administration and Policy Department at UB. Dr. Kavauagh is Founder and President of the WNY STEM Hub, and is certified as a strategic planning facilitator with the Cambridge Management Group. She also serves as an honorary member of the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance and on the Economic Development Council’s Mentoring Work Group. She serves on the Boards of: The Great Lakes Experience; Computers for Children WNY; InfoTech WNY; Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship Advisory Council at SUNY Buffalo State; Niagara Frontier Boy Scout Council and the WNY Science Congress. Facilitation, planning and leadership skills, knowledge of the community and her sharp analytic mind are strengths Dr. Kavanaugh brings to her work as an evaluator.

Shellie Clark
Shellie Clark, Executive Administrative Assistant. Shellie is a PhD student at the University of Rochester, and holds a Master’s Degree in History from SUNY Brockport. She served as an Adjunct Professor in the Humanities Department at the Eastman School of Music, and as a Teaching Assistant in SUNY Brockport’s History Department. She was awarded numerous departmental awards for research and writing, and has published three peer-reviewed papers to date. Shellie has served as a volunteer grant writer and researcher for two local non-profit organizations, and has written grants for agencies including the NEH, NSF, NYSED, and private and corporate foundations. She has also led and overseen government and foundation evaluations.

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